We ended the day with a pretty shocking guest lecture from John Gibbons where students really challenged him on the link between economics and natural resources, once again proving that there is value in standing at the interface between disciplines. I sat down for a pint of the black stuff with John after class - You can see from our one minute together that he certainly has a way with words!
Watch: 1 minute with John Gibbons after Day 1
What's happening on day 2 at #EcoBizTCD (Wed. March 30)?
- It’s a baptism of fire for finance students with a crash course in environmental science, starting with a discussion on ‘The Limits to Growth’ and a significant part of the day dedicated to explaining the nine ‘Planetary Boundaries’
- We’re looking at the alcoholic beverage industry and the biopharmaceutical industry among others to see what kind of environmental impacts they have and how they can resolve those impacts.
- Any course I teach wouldn’t be complete without a dedicated lecture on climate change!
- I’m drawing on Al Gore’s beautiful slides to convey the science and impacts of climate change and drawing on the great work from Carbon Tracker to convey the concept of the carbon budget and the unburnable carbon.
- When it comes to business and climate change “solutions” is the name of the game, so we’ll be talking about the opportunities in renewable energy, energy efficiency, transportation and food production
- Our discussion on climate is capped off by an overview of where climate policy is headed globally and to throw a bit of debate into the mix, we’ll finish with a brief discussion of Naomi Klein’s work on the link between capitalism and climate change from ‘This Changes Everything’.
- After lunch, we’re joined by energy economics lecturer and climate activist, Gar Tyrell, to follow the money.
- At the end of the day, students will select one of the ten industries most likely to be impacted by climate change and analyse their risks, potential solutions and maybe even potential opportunities in a changing climate.